Christmas can be one of the most hectic times of the year. At times, we all feel a little frustrated and overwhelmed with so much to do and so little time to fit everything in. The last thing we want is to forget giving to someone that means a lot to us and who we intended to gift. I’ve created a few tips that might be helpful to you in this busiest time of our year and that hopefully will give you ideas that might also help you to think of things you might want to gift as well.
1) Get your Christmas Card list ready together as soon as possible. Find those addresses for people who might have moved and get your address book up to date. Find, buy, order, and choose the cards you will be sending, now. Don’t wait if you’re ordering special cards with your family pictures and special signatures. Make sure you have extra ones in case you have mishaps when signing or addressing, or in case you decide to add last minute co-workers, friends, employees, or family you’ve forgotten. Check or draw lines through each one as it’s completed so you don’t repeat yourself.
2) Carry your Christmas list with you at all times in your purse or wallet. Use a small, index size, spiral notebook so you have plenty of extra sheets to jot last minute changes on your list or simply staple some paper together to make your list for those of you using wallets instead. Don’t forget to add wish lists in case you run across a good bargain as you do your window shopping, or go about your daily routine, or while shopping for other things.
3) Look for bargains in the sale ads that come in regular mail or pick one up when you enter the store, (They’re generally at the front of the store, as you enter, on racks- if not, ask a store employee for one). Search Clearance racks. Go online and search for bargains and purchase before November 30th, allowing yourself plenty of time to mail them early at your local Post Office or to ensure the company you’re purchasing from has the item in stock and will have it mailed on time.
4) Start baking all your Christmas cookies, Ice-boxed Fruitcakes, Fruitcakes, and Cheesecakes now and begin packaging them in freezer containers. With freezer tape, write the name of the person who will be receiving your baked Christmas goodies. Use plenty of wax paper to create layers so that they don’t stick together and to help keep them fresh. Pull out and thaw. Decorate with festive designs before shipping.
5) Begin making all your arts and craft gifts now. Select the perfect box, bag, or cute, festive Christmas plastic containers which can be found at your local dollar store or make your own. Michael’s or Hobby Lobby has a large variety to choose from and carries all kinds of ornaments, beads, sequins, eyes, noses, etc. that will help you to make your project unique, special, and breathtakingly, beautiful. Sweat shirts, aprons, hats, or canvas bags are excellent for decorating and the perfect way to say, “I Love You!” Make your own stencils from empty cereal boxes or any food container made of cardboard boxes, by using holly leaves to trace, old cards, crayon books, or arts & crafts books.
Have an extraordinary Christmas and may all your dreams come true!